Nursing is a profession that is both a science and an art. Our graduates are knowledgeable, highly skilled, and grounded in caring as the foundation for improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. At the West Virginia University School of Nursing, we educate tomorrow’s nursing professionals to deliver nursing care with expert knowledge and compassion.

Our most important mission is to support West Virginians. Everything we do—education, research, practice, and service—works toward building quality of life and optimal health for our citizens.

We are committed to excellence. We have recently hired the school’s first endowed professor and welcomed talented faculty members from major research universities. We continue to enroll more than 900 dedicated students each year. They motivate us to fulfill our vision: optimal health, enhanced quality of life, and excellent healthcare for the people of West Virginia and the global community.

We cannot do this alone! We need to bring the best minds together to help us realize this vision. We need students and faculty, and we need you—our alumni and friends—to join us by investing in the students, faculty, and programs that transform lives and eliminate health disparities.

The Trajectory of Success

The WVU School of Nursing was founded in 1960. Our mission is to improve health in West Virginia and the broader society through excellence in student-centered educational programs, research and scholarship, the compassionate, knowledge-based practice of nursing, and service to the public and our profession. We offer the state’s only nursing doctoral programs, preparing nurse-scholars to practice and to teach the next generation of nurses.

With faculty on campuses in Morgantown, Charleston, Montgomery, Glenville, and Martinsburg and a robust online program, we serve nursing students wherever they live and at every stage of professional development. In each location, our programs emphasize team-based interprofessional education and practice across all health disciplines to produce better outcomes for patients and communities.

Our faculty and students lead the way in discovering innovative solutions to the health needs of West Virginians. They’re promoting health in public schools, spearheading initiatives through the developing Center for Appalachian Health Disparities along with the current Appalachian Quality of Life Institute, and addressing the state’s nursing faculty and primary care provider shortages.

In 2010, our Master of Science in Nursing Program was named among the top 100 nursing graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report for the second consecutive year. Our B.S.N. program was designated as a “Program of Excellence” by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Last year, students and faculty in rural and community health programs provided 50,000 hours of service to the people of West Virginia.

We are Mountaineers. Our community is West Virginia, which means our state’s health disparities in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer determine our priorities. As nurses delivering hands-on care in hospitals and communities, we are well positioned to change these systems. We know that underserved populations in rural areas as well as poor and elderly citizens in every community cannot readily access care. Their situation is exacerbated by shortages of health professionals and rural isolation.

Priorities for Tomorrow

Through A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University, the School of Nursing asks you—alumni and friends who share our vision—to consider investing in the following priorities.

  • Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships for Research and Practice
  • Endowed Faculty Positions for Education and Research
  • Facility Upgrades

To learn more about these funding priorities download the WVU School of Nursing campaign brochure or contact Clare Flanagan at 304-293-0788. To learn more about the WVU School of Nursing visit